Mike Pompeo's Fight to Punish Iran at the UN Heats Up

Cheryl Sanders
June 30, 2020

The long-scheduled open meeting of the U.N.'s most powerful body comes a day after Iran issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the USA drone strike that killed a top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad earlier this year.

Alqasimehr was also quoted as saying Iran had requested a "red notice" be put out for Trump and the others, the highest-level notice issued by Interpol, requesting the location and arrest of the named individual.

The diplomatic spat turns global institutions into a political battleground, pitting Russian Federation and China as well as Iran against the United States.

Trump imposed heavy sanctions on the Islamic republic after he withdrew the USA from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - Iran's nuclear agreement with world powers - in 2018.

A key issue at Tuesday's virtual Security Council meeting is expected to be a provision in the resolution endorsing the nuclear deal that calls for the termination of the United Nations arms embargo against Iran in mid-October.

In a report this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the United Nations has determined that Iran was the source for several items in two arms shipments seized by the USA, and for debris left by attacks on Saudi Arabia's oil installations and an worldwide airport.

The Houthis have recently targeted Saudi cities, including the capital Riyadh, with a series of missile and drone strikes. However, it remains unclear whether Washington has the authority to instate snapback sanctions given the Donald Trump administration's 2018 withdrawal from the accord. "It's a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously, and makes the Iranians look foolish".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned last week of a return of United Nations sanctions on Iran if the Security Council fails to extend an embargo.

Russian Federation and China have rejected any us right to activate snapback.

He went on to say, "Foreign Minister Zarif will address the Security Council on Resolution 2231 tomorrow".

U.S. Amb. Kelly Craft and Special Representative Brian Hook had presented a resolution to the Security Council last Wednesday asking the body to extend its arms embargo on Iran.

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, said on June 24 that the Security Council should be united over its concern with Iranian arms transfers and noted that the UN has maintained arms restrictions on Iran since 2007.

Mousavi said, "Iranian FM held two video conferences with his Chinese and Omani counterparts on issues of mutual interest in previous days". "All options for Iran will be open".

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